Although not an overtly political album, it's hard not to hear a reaction to recent years'world events in the overwhelming urgency of Nuclear Cloud'or 20 Block Lockdown'or in New Lucifer / The Truth Is Bad'. When questioned Kirk admits, 'It's not really a political album, but over recent years - during the recording - all manner of horrorshow events have cropped up and now we seem to be in a rerun of the Cold War with Russia back as the Bogeyman.'
The album's title, Dasein (a German word meaning 'being there' or 'presence', often translated into English as 'existence'), is a fundamental concept in existentialism. Kirk explains 'culture succumbs to nostalgia in much the same way that an individual looks back wistfully to adolescence or childhood - the nostalgia is partly for a time when he or she wasn't nostalgic, just lived purely IN THE NOW.'
In 2014, during the recording period, Kirk began work on Cabaret Voltaire live and so the two projects coexisted in tandem. Although Kirk's varied projects have always existed separate to one another, says Kirk, 'in the past some solo works served as a blueprint for what I did later with Cabaret Voltaire'.
RECENT PRAISE FOR RICHARD H. KIRK:
'One of the UK's pioneering electronic agitators' - Electronic Sound
'In five decades of key-bashing and knob-twisting, Richard H. Kirk has remained at the vanguard of electronic music' - FACT
' - ¦decades of electronic innovation, forged in Sheffield' - Uncut